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Go out and buy your hammers before they are banned! Luckily, the teacher was not seriously injured.




UPPER DARBY, Pa. - February 20, 2013 (WPVI) -- Upper Darby Police are investigating several incidents that have rattled the school community, including a brutal attack on a teacher Tuesday afternoon.


"Here's a teacher doing her after school work, and she is lucky she didn't get seriously injured or killed," said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.


It happened just after dismissal time at Upper Darby High School. Police say 19-year-old Darlington James walked in a back door and went to a second floor classroom. They say he forced his way in and threatened a teacher with a claw hammer.


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Police say he started swinging at her and they fell to the floor as they struggled. James then allegedly fled with a laptop computer.

He was caught a few blocks away and placed under arrest.


Police say he is also being charged with a similar incident at Beverly Hills Middle School that happened on January 14th.


James, who is not a student at the high school, is being charged with multiple felonies. Police suspect that he may have been involved in a rash of computer thefts in the school district.


Officials say the teacher suffered some minor scrapes and bruises in the incident.


"The brazenness of these guys just walking into a school and doing what they do is just mind-boggling," said Chitwood.


In another incident, police have also arrested a 13-year-old 8th grader at a Drexel Hill Middle School. They say the boy was overheard saying that he was going to shoot up the school on Wednesday.


Police went to his home Tuesday night and found a knife in his backpack but no guns. He is being charged with making terroristic threats.


"When you hear in this day and age that somebody is going to shoot up the school, it is top priority, zero tolerance," Chitwood said.


The 8th grader is being held at a juvenile detention center pending further investigation.

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